Are you concerned that you’re missing some continuing education credits (CEs) that you earned before the transition to the new program that started on July 1, 2016? There is no need to worry — you did not lose any CEs that you earned prior to July 1, 2016. Also, if you completed your recertification requirements and earned eligibility to recertify, you did not lose that eligibility.
If you haven’t already done so, you should take a look at your CE report (found in your Virginia Office of EMS portal) — you will see the changes to the areas and you may see that the continuing education credits you previously earned may have been moved around. You will also be able to determine what CEs you are missing to help you choose which CE classes you will need to complete.
Before July 1, 2016, there were 9 recertification areas for BLS providers and 22 recertification areas for ALS providers. Following the transition to the new National Continued Competency Requirements (NCCR), there are now only 5 areas for both BLS and ALS providers (Airway/Ventilation/Respiration, Cardiovascular, Trauma, Medical, and Operations). With the changes to the area names/numbers, the Office of EMS had to re-assign thousands of different topic numbers to match the new areas. Since there are fewer areas and different topic requirements for those areas, many CE topics were likely moved around on your CE report. You may have CE topics that were moved to different category 1 areas or you may have had CE topics moved from a category 1 area to category 2. CE topics might have been moved from category 1 to category 2 for a couple of reasons: first, if the CE topic did not fit into one of the new areas, it would be moved to category 2; second, if a CE topic fit into one of the new areas, but you had already earned the maximum number of CE credits for that area, the CE topic would roll-over to category 2 — it is important to note that this is not a new practice — this was happening before the transition. Intermediates and Paramedics will especially notice this change because the total CE hours required for Intermediates and Paramedics to recertify decreased and more CE topic hours were likely rolled-over to category 2 because they no longer need as many category 1 CE hours.
If you’re concerned that you’re missing CE credits for a class you attended on a particular date, simply look over your entire CE report including both the category 1 and category 2 sections. You did not lose any CE credits during the transition to the new NCCR program.
For a copy of the Office of EMS Recertification Worksheet to know how many CE hours you need to obtain, click on the links below:
BLS providers with questions pertaining to CEs and recertification should contact Instruction Supervisor Eric de Forest at EDefores@vbgov.com or (757) 385-2975.
ALS providers with questions pertaining to CEs and recertification should contact Captain Jerry Sourbeer at JSourbee@vbgov.com or (757) 385-5025.